Category: Teaching Tips

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Teaching Tips – You’re The Student

A studio I teach at has a policy where if I can’t make a lesson, if at all possible that lesson gets subbed by another teacher who works at the store. It’s not an uncommon thing, and besides some of the details of how the policy is applied at this particular studio, I like the…




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Teaching Tips – Mike’s Drums

The story of my, er, Mike’s drums.




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The Continuing Importance of Personal Drum Instruction in the Digital Age

With all the videos and websites online these days one might assume that the need for one-on-one personalized lessons with an instructor is no longer necessary. However, even with the aid of modern methods to learn a skill like music, and in this case playing the drums, poring over an abundance of video tutorials on…




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Teaching Tips – Music Is Not Fun

Music is not fun! There, we said it!   Recently I was at a meeting at a studio I teach at. The meeting mostly focused on a few new policies we were going to implement starting in the fall semester. At the end the school director brought up the results of a survey he recently…




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Teaching Tips – We’re All Failures

  This time on teaching tips we take a look at the word ‘Failure’ and why it may be the best thing ever! Featured Videos: Timpani Fail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arqvnp6yUCg Cymbal Fail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opiMHTaUEaA Violin Accident 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StBe3m4gI2g Violin Accident 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8sfTelO9k Intro/Outro Song: “Counterfeit Sky” by Failure – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0P6t2rlo_k




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Teaching Tips – Creating Events To Perform For Your Students

As a music educator it’s important for us to convey the significance of live performance to our students and encourage them to attend live music events, as most musicians will tell you that it was the impact of a live performance that initially inspired them to play and pursue music. The only trouble is that…




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Teaching Tips – The Form Is A Lie

In this video I recall a recent lesson where we didn’t play the drums at all, and that’s ok. Transcription Below: A few days ago I’m rounding out the end of a long day teaching. I had subbed school in the morning and then come in to teach a full schedule of private students afterward….




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Teaching Tips – United We Stand, Divided We Fall; Technique Vs. Artistry

  Think back to your musical training. What did it consist of? What did you spend the bulk of your time working on? What were some of the phrases you heard over and over from your teacher? On what “rubric” did you base your progress? If your background is like mine, then you spent countless…




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Teaching Tips – Helping students understand the impact of influential artists

We had a different article planned, but upon hearing of the passing of Prince, we decided to put together a quick video about how to relate an artist to our students whom they may not have a cultural tie to.  




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Teaching Tips – It’s On Me

Recently one of my student recitals showed me a major flaw in the way I’ve been teaching drumset. So what am I going to do about it? Have you ever been in a situation like that, where you see a student make a mistake and you know instantly that it’s your fault completely, not theirs?…